Zwift introduces 17 Hours of Kona

This weekend you can ride on Zwift alongside many legends of the sport, past and present, from your own home as part of the Zwift 17 Hours of Kona

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Train with legends on Zwift this coming weekend

It’s Kona week. Well, it should have been, and you don’t need me to tell you what put an end to the IRONMAN World Championship taking place on this Big Island of Hawaii this year.

For 17 hours this coming weekend (UK times from 6pm on Saturday 10th October through to a final session start time of 10am on Sunday 11th October), you’ll be able to ride and/or run, virtually, with some of the world’s greatest triathletes on Zwift.

The Zwift 17 Hours of Kona will see British athletes including David McNamee, Laura Siddall, Tim Don, Joe Skipper and Lucy Charles-Barclay lead 60 minute sessions on the platform, which will cover the 17 hours cutoff equivalent of the event.

They will be joined by plenty of other stars, past and present, so take your pick and join them online for some social riding or running from the comfort of your own home. Here are the full details, including the full listing of all of the sessions available.



For triathletes, October means one-thing: Kona. Unfortunately, the big dance can’t happen this year so we thought we’d bring the Kona fun to you. Introducing 17 Hours of Kona!

Jan Frodeno / Zwift

Join the fun with a social ride or run this weekend and celebrate one of the most anticipated races in the triathlon calendar. We’ve packed the schedule with stars of the sport including Mark Allen, Craig Alexander, Jan Frodeno, Javier Gomez, Sebastian Kienle, Lucy Charles-Barclay, Sarah Crowley, Michellie Jones, and many more! These pros will lead Zwift community members through social rides and runs throughout a 17-hour period starting at 7 a.m. Hawaiian Time (HST), when the start cannon would have gone off on race day. 

Lucy Charles / Zwift

So why 17 hours? 

17 hours is the time cutoff given to all athletes competing in Kona. While top pros may never experience the agony of trying to finish just before midnight, many triathletes out there have raced in the dark with the sole aim of crossing that finish line under 17 hours. 

Both the rides and runs will be at a steady pace, which allows for lots of fascinating Kona stories. Be sure to pick up some tips for your next trip to the Big Island.


Nope. This is a social event, a celebration of triathlon, perfect for everyone. With this event, everyone gets their Kona moment!


Zwift 17 Hours of Kona
John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.


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